Accession Number:

ADA135267

Title:

40 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Power Plants for the McClellan Air Force Base Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) Facility

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Mar 1980-1 Mar 1982

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Report Date:

1983-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

66.0

Abstract:

This study evaluated the McClellan Air Force Base Radar Approach Control Facility as a Site to operationally field test two 40 KW fuel cells and developed concepts from which detailed installation specifications and field construction activities can be made. The study presents several alternative means of utilizing the fuel cells electrical and thermal output and compares the various alternatives against installation cost, operating cost, reliability, and total energy utilization. A site utility system description is presented along with an explanation of the fuel cell plant. Several fuel cell modifications are also suggested and site instrumentation requirements are summarized. The study finds the McClellan facility to be an acceptable site for fuel cell testing. Although utility costs will increase in the facility if the cells are installed low cost hydro-electric power vs. higher priced natural gas produced electrical power, these costs are outweighed by other factors such as minimal facility modification costs, site environmental conditions, and availability of maintenance forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Air Navigation and Guidance
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE